Travel News: September 28, 2017

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Woman Accidentally Left Behind on Remote Beach
Travel Pulse

An Australian cruise operator has come under fire for mistakenly leaving a passenger behind on a remote beach.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), charter company Ahoy Buccaneers has received a prohibition notice from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) following the June 2017 safety breach.


Viking Takes Delivery of Fourth Ocean Ship
Travel Pulse

Viking Cruises’ expansion from the rivers of the world to the seas continues.

The company recently took delivery of the Viking Sun, its fourth vessel for the Viking Ocean Cruises brand. The ship was ceremonially handed off from the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy.

“As we celebrate two decades of helping guests travel the world in comfort, this year also marks one of significant growth,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, in a press release.


Icelandair and Wow in price war
Travel Weekly

In the past six weeks, Icelandic carriers Wow and Icelandair have escalated their turf battle by both announcing upcoming service to Cleveland and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Now Icelandair appears to be going after its ultra-low-cost competitor on the pricing front, as well.

This fall, Icelandair is offering roundtrip specials to Reykjavik from the U.S. at prices that might seem more familiar to customers of Wow. And unlike Wow, Icelandair’s rates include free WiFi and inflight entertainment. Wow doesn’t offer either service, even for a fee.


Delta flights to offer free in-flight texting
CNN Money

You’ll soon be able to text on any Delta Air Lines flight for free.

Delta (DAL) flights worldwide will have free texting through Gogo, its inflight internet provider, starting Sunday.

Free messaging will be available on Gogo-enabled Delta flights for planes with two or more cabins, leaving out 130 smaller 50-seat regional jets. Travelers will be able to access the feature through Delta’s Wi-Fi portal page,, where they will be given a choice to use open a connection to use free internet-enabled chat programs or purchase full-featured Wi-Fi.


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